If Harris loses his appeal, he also would be ineligible at any GHSA school, including his former one, Thomas County Central, unless he pleads another hardship and wins. The GHSA instituted that rule coincidentally because of a 2020 Valdosta player, Jake Garcia, who was declared ineligible after playing one game for Valdosta but transferred to Grayson, where the quarterback led his new team to a state title.
Harris is the consensus No. 10 prospect in the state in the 247Sports Composite and No. 13 edge rusher nationally. He is Georgia’s ninth-rated committed recruit in its 2023 class.
Harris made first-team Class 4A all-state as a Thomas County Central junior. He had 12.5 tackles for losses and seven sacks.
Valdosta coach Shelton Felton didn’t respond immediately to a call for comment. The GHSA does not comment on pending cases.